On Saturday, October 4th, 2014, New York native Pet Couturier Anthony Rubio presented his new line of canine couture creations, a women’s wear collection that coordinates with those created for the canines as well as his men’s tie line he named Naughty Ties at Fashion Week Brooklyn at Industry City.
Mr. Rubio started his design career as a women’s wear designer with a formal education in fashion design. It wasn’t until he rescued a Chihuahua he named Bandit 12 years ago when he started making outfits for his dog. He decided to give up designing for females and became the first Pet Couturier making one-of-a-kind creations for clients’ four-legged family members. Nearly 10 years have gone by, Mr. Rubio is the most accomplished pet designer on the scene. Anthony Rubio has come full circle by creating fashion for dogs and once again for women.
Anthony Rubio has an affinity for animals and for years has been very involved in educating the world about the benefits of pet adoption, control of pet population and pet rescue. Proceeds from the sales of his creations are donated to various animal rescue organizations to help keep these animals from being put down. As he put it, “We have to be the voices for those who can not speak” In his show Anthony included two special rescues to model couture. The rescues a Shih-Tzu named Maya and a Chihuahua named Templeton were brought in by the New York Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals, an non-profit animal welfare organization that works with over 150 rescue groups and shelters to find homes for New York City’s homeless dogs and cats. At the end of his show Anthony presented a personal donation to Stephanie Mattera from the New York Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals who was there representing the organization. During his speech after the runway show Anthony stated, “While I mesmerized the audience with my creations I want to educate them about the importance to adopt and not shop for their next pet”.